Sunday, July 14, 2013

Why I'm done with facebook!

Yesterday, I finally did it.

I finally closed my Facebook account.  Not that I've been really using for anything in the past few years, but I would sometimes lurk on the pages and waste some time seeing what others have been wasting their time on.

I've been meaning to this for quite some time but have been too lazy to do anything about it.

The straw that broke the camel's back, however, came as I saw a wall posting from my well-meaning but often, security naive better half directly referring to my upcoming birthday explicitly mentioning my age.

This is just plain unacceptable.

Especially, considering this is coming from the same person who, upon signing up for Facebook herself, told me that she made a point of putting the wrong year in her birth date, not to make her look younger, but for security reasons and to preserve her privacy and security.

I suppose mine doesn't matter.

But I digress.

And I think where this is where the biggest problems lay with Facebook.  I find it fascinating that people are willing to lay their lives out for everyone to see.  The concept of having a personal life that is, well, personal seems to have completely left the building.

What really bugs me about Facebook:

The lack of personal communication.

Now, I'm not so old fashioned as to think you need to whip out the quill and starting writing in your best cursive script on linen parchment to get my attention.  E-mail is just fine.  It is a personal connection between the writer and me.

My e-mail address is easy to discover.  I'm disappointed in the people who would contact me on facebook when they can just send me an e-mail.  A personal Facebook message just doesn't cut it.  For some reason, there is a connection with e-mail that doesn't exist in a Facebook message.  I guess I'm just old fashioned.

The "like" button

Ok.  It's all fine and well to say you like something, but what if you think the statement made is utterly ridiculous, inane or otherwise ill thought out?  I'd prefer to see more buttons added such as:
  • I hate this
  • Have you actually thought about it?
  • Do you really believe what you just wrote?
  • Are you fucking nuts?

Bottom line is, I really don't give a flying fuck what anyone likes.


I find it scary that someone can take my picture, post it somewhere and say, "That's what he looks like."

Perhaps consideration should be given to the small children and domestic animals who might see the picture and be otherwise scarred for life.

But seriously, if you took a picture of me, I'd appreciate at least asking for permission before throwing my likeness onto the Internet for all to see.  Unlike so many people, I value my privacy.

Checking In

Aside from the fact that I don't really care, (see the "like" button) it worries me when I see people who live alone are checking in somewhere.  I'm basically an honest person but to someone else it's saying.  I'm not home, please come over and help yourself to my things.

And the worst part is, whatever you do, is all owned, lock stock and barrel, by Facebook to do with as they see fit.

Sorry.  I've had it.

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